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Covid-19 spectre haunts world, 11, 500 new cases in a single day

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New Delhi, Mar 18: Over 11,500 people were infected with the novel coronavirus disease globally over the past day, bringing the total number of confirmed cases above 179,000, the World Health Organisation said on Wednesday.

In its new coronavirus situation report, the WHO said 179,112 cases had been confirmed worldwide, with 11,526 new ones over the past 24 hours. It said the global death toll had risen by 475 to 7,426 people. "Eight new countries/territories/areas (African Region , Eastern Mediterranean Region , Region of the Americas, and Western Pacific Region have reported cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours.

As the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic continues to develop, WHO is committed to working together with the travel, transport and tourism sectors on emergency preparedness and response," the WHO said. The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases reached 147 in India on Wednesday morning, Union Health Ministry said.

Of the 147 infected patients, 25 are foreign nationals. Three coronavirus deaths have been reported so far, one each in Maharashtra, Delhi and Karnataka. NCoV outbreak was first registered in December 2019 in China's Wuhan. In Europe, the most coronavirus-affected country is Italy. Central China's Hubei Province reported just one new confirmed case of COVID-19 and 11 deaths Tuesday, the provincial health commission said Wednesday.

The newly confirmed case was reported in Wuhan, the provincial capital and epicenter of the outbreak. The latest report brought to 67,800 the total confirmed COVID-19 cases in the hard-hit province. As of Tuesday, Hubei had seen no newly confirmed COVID-19 cases for 13 consecutive days in its 16 cities and prefectures outside Wuhan. UNI